Anyone use the Stihl Power Scythe?

john_wa(8)May 13, 2009

I live just outside of town in a small subdivision among larger farm plots and I mow and maintain roughly 2-3/4 acres of field grass (former pasture) around our home. Behind me is a 100-acre parcel where they have some cattle and while the largest part of it is used for grazing, the section that adjoins my property is used to grow hay, so the cows are hardly ever there. There is a 4' tall electric fence between us. As you can imagine, the grass on their side of the fence gets pretty high before they cut it for hay and if I just let it grow through the fence it looks pretty messy. I've been cutting it with a string trimmer and it's been a pain because the bottom wire is close to the ground and the string is always catching on it and breaking.

I'm considering getting the Stihl Power Scythe attachment for my trimmer to use instead of the string head. It looks somewhat like a hedge trimmer and it's actually made for trimming grass in parking lots or next to buildings where you don't want to be throwing rocks around with a string trimmer. Have any of you used this attachment (it costs $200 for the attachment only) for something like this? What are your thoughts and how well do you think it works? Can they be sharpened? Or maybe you might have other suggestions.

Thanks a lot,

John in Olympia, WA

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I've got a similar situation with trimming along my split rail fence where I've got the wire fencing up against it and touching the ground. I'm now wishing I would have not made the wire touch the ground, but was trying to make it work well for keeping doggies inside.

I'm thinking of trying thicker trimmer line, as I'm using .080", and it goes through that like crazy, plus the trim isn't that clean. Though, I'm wondering if the thicker line will chew up the wire.

Hoping someone has experience with the scythe attachment too!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2009 at 8:35AM
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    Bookmark   May 14, 2009 at 1:48PM
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Roundup would work but I'm not sure if it's good for the cattle or the hay.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2009 at 10:47PM
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gator_rider2(z8 Ga.)

I have one it works on short things like lawn grass but tall things like hay weeds it don't cut its way into if try to cut up next to mowed area they work the base hard to push to side in tall grass. Roundup want damage cattle to save money you use roundup as growth retartent .05 percent like pint in 25 gallons water if spray between 10 am and 4 pm it work best. On string trimmer use `105 line use extreme titaium line its purple and quad shape not round I bought 600 ft roll at lowes in 2002 this string stay with you not brake I use it on srm 210 echo. I can use it all around my home and never bump more out its great for edging and small hedge trimming. A 3 tooth grass blade works good for this job works better than 4 tooth.

    Bookmark   May 17, 2009 at 6:44AM
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